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Old 05-27-2016, 09:00 AM   #15
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Just a suggestion from an ex-full timer. Slow down - 300 to 350 miles a day is plenty, at the end of the day sit under the "Live Oak Tree" and have a bourbon and branch water (we always celebrated setting up camp with a new to us beer), visit the local museums, stay at "Mom & Pops" RV campgrounds (chain campgrounds get to look all alike after a while) and the worst thing you can do is set a schedule to be somewhere - stay an extra day or a week - who cares we'll be there sometime in July works. And finally travel the State roads, Interstates are for keeping a schedule, see former point and finally Have Fun!
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:44 AM   #16
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Be sure to slow down, take your time. All that stuff will be there next year. Congrats, we've been out for a year and loving it.
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:51 PM   #17
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Update

Well the house closing went smooth. Been at a local camp 8 days wife has 60 days to retirement and all going better that expected. The temps have been the only issue at 92 +. We will have to move between campgrounds a few times due to limits but that's the life style. The camp empties out Sun through Thursday. One thing we did not like was some guy with a drone that liked hovering it over our site. Lucky he was only here 1 night. Good camping all Rand
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Old 06-05-2016, 09:23 PM   #18
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Good Luck, to all you lucky son of a guns! I hope and pray that we can be out there with you in a few more years?
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:02 AM   #19
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4 wk update

It's been great so far. If not for having to be here for wife's last few days of work we would be at a higher elevation it's HOT 95 to 100 deg. Other than that we are really having fun. 41 more days here then off to Yellowstone we head, start Aug 5 and should be there Sept 1 for two maybe 3 wks. Then make our way southern Ca. to see nephew and his wife and two girls. stopping by Grand Canyon and Carlsbad caverns on our way to our new state of Florida for the winter. It feels so good to be rid of the house and all the stuff that tied us to it. Always something needing repair, mowing, paint. It is costing less than we planned so far but I know this first long trip will cost much more we knew that going in and it will slow down next year. We paid for all the camp sites early this year through Mar 14 2017 and that is about 1/3 of the cost that leaves food fuel and repairs. Thanks for all the replies. Safe travels to all. Rand
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:25 AM   #20
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First post...hoping to AS fulltime soon

Okay. So I'm a little nuts but I've been really looking hard for a used AS to go fulltime while in grad school and for travel and househunting afterwards. Going to school in north Florida but then hoping to relocate out of state (possibly PNW) afterwards. I'll be fulltiming solo during school but would love to have a place where my hubby and our dogs can visit occasionally. We own a house in Florida but relocating both of us for my school isn't a great option. I like the travel trailer concept because I'd rather spend money on a second residence we actually own and can use later than pay rent to someone else. I'm currently a travel nurse and I'm over renting at crazy high prices because I'm a short term renter. Being called high risk when I'm actually a pretty sure bet is getting old and renting a room in a house has certain distinct disadvantages. Looked at lots of brands of travel trailer and though others are better priced, the research consistently shows AS to be better quality, better lasting and better resale. Not to mention they are just sooo cool and iconic. But I'm truly going from 0 to 60 going from no RV to fulltiming! Nuts or do able?
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:37 AM   #21
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Well...

You will have the purchase price of a trailer, plus lot rent and probably utilities at a campground, which could be rather high in Florida.

Also, any maintenance and repairs on your trailer.

You might look at RV parks in the area where you will be, and contact them as to whether they can accommodate you for your period of time and what those costs will be.

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Old 07-13-2016, 08:14 AM   #22
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Well...

You will have the purchase price of a trailer, plus lot rent and probably utilities at a campground, which could be rather high in Florida.

Also, any maintenance and repairs on your trailer.

You might look at RV parks in the area where you will be, and contact them as to whether they can accommodate you for your period of time and what those costs will be.

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Thanks Maggie!
Going tomorrow to check out some places. I've emailed several but want to see them for myself. My school will have me doing clinicals all over the state so the added flexibility of taking my house with me for that is amazing. Even when looking at the cost of the trailer, rent and electric plus internet, it's the same or less than an apartment in Jax. For a 36 month program, I'm easily looking at $36k in rent and that's being conservative and hardly accounts for utilities. Makes the travel trailer concept pretty feasible. I'm looking at $20k or less if not an AS for purchase but possibly more if sticking with AS. Finding rent at $300-$500/month plus electric. And I'm learning that since it's a second home there may be some tax savings but not 100% on that. If I spend $20k on the nose, that leaves me $444 a month for rent, etc and I'm even with $1k/mo apartment, BUT I own my mini-house on wheels. Even if I lose a ridiculous amount in depreciation, it's more back than I'll ever see on someone else's place I rent. And having the trailer to live in temporarily while we relocate will be a big bonus. Not to mention I may have to travel for awhile for work before my husband can relocate with me if we can't sell our house quickly.
My main concerns are repairs, the unexpected stuff and just being a newbie about all this stuff.
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In Florida, lot rent may be high. 300-500 sounds very low.

You should check into existing mobile home parks, too, as sometimes they have empty lots that may be less expensive than the traditional RV park.

You might be able to take some of your lot rent and utility expenses as educational expenses, too....should look into IRS regs. I would.

Keep us posted.


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Old 07-18-2016, 09:42 AM   #24
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On our way in 18 days

Well just 18 days till the wife retires and then off we go. It's been 6 wks so far since the house sold and all going well. We have been bouncing back and forth between 2 COE campgrounds near Maxwell AFB where wife works the only real issues have been the heat here and battling ants. We are both by nature planners it's going to be an adjustment for us to head down to road not knowing where we will be sleeping that night. But we are not going to stress about it. I can't sleep if I'm too hot so the plan is to chase 72deg. Good camping all
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Old 07-18-2016, 01:24 PM   #25
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Congrats!

Congrats! We have been full-timers for about 3 months. We aren't retired though and work full-time during the day. Interesting enough, we didn't plan a durn thing. We rented out our house and left! We've been learning along the way and you will too!
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:35 AM   #26
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Awesome and congrats, I"ll start my full time life in a few weeks, an early start prior to my retirement in three years. Tow vehicle-check, As-check, generator-check, solar-check, tools-check. I only plan on covering between 250-300 miles per day. 300 is pushing it. I've been traveling for so long on someone else' time schedule so I do plan on going slow, not in any hurry at all. :-)
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:59 PM   #27
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Just 4 days

Well only 4 days till the wife retires and off we go. We can't wait. My wife's car has 5 people that want it. That will be the last thing to sell.Can't wait to get moving it's been a bit boring being stuck in the same two campgrounds for two months now but Yellowstone here we come. Thanks for all the replies. Good camping to all.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:12 PM   #28
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Fun time update

It has been wild lately been through 8 states. To the top of Pikes peak hiking the Grand Tetons presently just west of Yellowstone all the fires have altered our route had to back track and head west instead of using the south entrance. Hope to enter Yellowstone Tuesday via the west entrance. Wish us luck. My solar has worked well spent the last 9 days with no hook ups 170 watts kept battery up early am never below 12.49 volts using heater all night on low setting. Good camping all. Rand
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